This is Moet!
This sweet white Persian cat has become an internet sensation and social media star. But aside from her gorgeous long coat, you may have noticed something a little different about her.
Yes, Moet is blind.
Moet was born to an unlicensed breeder in Oman. She was sent to a pet shop — but the conditions were deplorable. According to Moet’s website, the cats weren’t cared for. Water and food was sparse, and the cats were cramped into wire-floor cages where they huddled together.
Sick with an upper respiratory infection, Moet wasn’t adopted like the other kittens. The pet shop neglected the poor kitten, often leaving her without food and water in a dirty cage with a dirty litter box. She had no bed and no toys.
Eventually, Moet’s eyes became so bad that she went blind.
Fortunately, Moet’s story got much better. This kitty was rescued.
A veterinarian removed what was left of her eyes, and that surgery saved Moet’s life.
Six days after Moet’s surgery, Emily Shotter met Moet at Al Qurum Veterinary Clinic, where Moet was being nursed back to health.
Emily knew she had met a special cat, and decided to give her a furr-ever home.
These days, this gorgeous kitty gets spoiled and lives like royalty.
According to Emily, Moet loves attention, and can’t stand it when Emily is even talking to someone else on the phone.
“She doesn’t like me speaking to others, so the squeak-meow gets voiced loudly and without a break,” Emily told Bored Panda. “And in fact, when I’m on work video calls or in virtual meetings, she can typically be heard in the background. I never know whether to laugh or apologize!”
Owner Emily thinks that Moet tends to get bored faster than other cats because she’s missing her sight.
“I guess because she can’t see, she gets bored more easily, so lots of playtime is a must,” Emily said. “She also loves to go out in the garden, which I’ve had fully enclosed for her safety.”
The rest of the world certainly loves Moet, too. Since Emily started posting photos of her in 2018, Moet has accumulated quite the following — over 52k fans on Instagram, nearly 10k followers on Facebook, and over 36.9k fans on Twitter.
Emily manages Moet’s online store, and donates all of the profits to help stray cats and dogs in Oman through a volunteer group called Omani Paws.
The volunteer group has been lobbying the government for years to implement animal welfare legislation.
“There is some, but it only applies to farm animals and not pets. We desperately need this,” Emily said of the lack of legislation protecting animals in Oman.
“The group and supporters do a huge amount to help out animals — relying on donations,” she continued. “Plus Moet donated 100% of her book and store profits to the group.”